On Tuesday, it was reported that Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan’s 32-year-old son, Jaycee Chan, was arrested on drug charges. Jaycee was not alone as his friend, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko was also detained. Beijing police found over 100 grams of cannabis at Jaycee Chan’s Beijing residence following their arrest, some of which has reportedly been in Chan’s possession for over 2 years. Both Ko and Jaycee Chan have since admitted to taking illegal drugs and tested positive for drug use.
To make matters worse, there has also been reports about Jaycee admitting that he first took drugs in the Netherlands in 2006.
Hence, soon after, Jackie Chan flew to Beijing to deal with his son’s arrest.
Just yesterday, Jackie Chan (who has a high profile in China where he was appointed as a government-backed “anti-drug ambassador) came forward for the first time to express his embarrassment over his son’s ordeal. He said that he felt “ashamed” of his son’s detention on drug-related charges, adding he had “failed to educate” his child.
The star said in a post on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service that he is “extremely angry and extremely shocked” over his 32-year-old son’s detention. He said, “As a public figure, I am ashamed. As a father I feel terrible. I have failed to educate my son. I must also take responsibility, and in my son’s name take a deep bow and apologise to the public.”
He then addressed his son directly and added, “If you do something wrong, you need to bear the consequences. As your father, I am willing to face the future with you together.”
China launches periodic crackdowns on illegal drug use, which in the past have involved arresting celebrities. At least 10 locally-known stars have been detained on drug-related charges this year.